Marc Walters, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been named by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to the 2014 class of ACS Fellows.
Walters and his peers “have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS,” the organization said in its announcement.
“The scientists selected as this year’s class of ACS fellows are truly a dedicated group,” said ACS President Tom Barton. “Their outstanding contributions to advancing chemistry through service to the Society are many. In their quest to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry, they are helping us to fulfill the vision of the American Chemical Society.”
Recognized as a tireless mentor, Walters, who has been on the NYU faculty since 1985, has made breakthroughs in the study of hydrogen bonding in molecular models that enhance our understanding of protein structure and electron energies in metal-containing electron-transfer proteins.
These proteins are central to metabolic processes throughout nature. A full understanding of their function and regulation has required the synthesis of molecular models where subtle structural modifications that occur in nature can be studied in detail. Research in this domain is aimed at the design of new catalysts and electronic materials for environmentally sound processes and materials.